Reblogged: Why teach yoga to Thugs?

This post originally appeared here. Meaghan Johnson, former QSY owner, worked with Shannon Braden a social worker and a QSY student on this great initiative

I’ve been asked this question. Not these “exact’ words, but it certainly felt that way when I was asked to ‘provide a rationale’ as to why we use yoga as part of our programs at inREACH, a street gang prevention program in Waterloo Region. Here’s the rationale I gave… which also seems to be backed up by a lot of good solid evidence.

All of the youth we work with at inREACH have deficits in the area of emotion regulation. In its most problematic form this may result in anger and aggression which can cause them to come into conflict with the law; less obviously, but just as seriously, many of the same youth suffer from chronic anxiety and depression. Continue reading “Reblogged: Why teach yoga to Thugs?”

Earth Day Garden Makeover

Though it was cold and snowing on Earth Day, a bunch of dedicated yogi-gardeners came together to make-over the garden space at the entrance of Queen Street Yoga. Here are some pictures of the garden adventure!

The little garden is a wind trap for litter, so we started by clearing out four bags of garbage from in and around all the bushes.Continue reading “Earth Day Garden Makeover”

Leena’s Elucidation of the Globe and Mail Article on Anusara Yoga

Dear students and friends,

I want to give you a bit of background and explanation of the article that I was interviewed for in Monday’s Globe and Mail. The article pertains to Anusara Yoga and the aftermath of the allegations against John Friend (founder of Anusara Yoga) that came out in February. You can read it here.

I do think the representation of the Anusara situation is fair, and appreciate that the journalist, Wency Leung, doesn’t sensationalize the events that have had profound and challenging repercussions in the Anusara community. I also appreciate that she conveys the sense of hope and empowerment that many teachers are finding. I am disappointed that she didn’t convey more of the depth and nuance of the things I discussed in my 45 minutes of interview with her, but that is to be expected in a short article I suppose. Continue reading “Leena’s Elucidation of the Globe and Mail Article on Anusara Yoga”

Earth Hour, Every Hour

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Toronto skyline dims during Earth Hour 2011

A post from Leena!

All over North America this weekend communities turned off their lights and celebrated Earth Hour. It is special to turn off the lights, and important to have time set aside to be aware of the power we take for granted for an hour each year.  And, I think our yoga practice has the possibility helping to shift our relationship to the planet in a much more long-term way.Continue reading “Earth Hour, Every Hour”